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Learner and Teacher Autonomy: Concepts, realities, and responses


This edited volume offers a cohesive account of recent developments across the world in the field of learner and teacher autonomy in languages education. Drawing on the work of eminent researchers of language learning and teaching, it explores at both conceptual and practical levels issues related to current pedagogical developments in a wide range of contexts. Global shifts have led to an increase in autonomous and independent learning both in policy and practice (including self-access and distance learning).

The book’s scope and focus will therefore be beneficial to language teachers as well as to students and researchers in applied linguistics and those involved in pre- and in-service teacher education. The book concludes with an overview of the state of research in this field, focusing on the (inter)relationships between the concepts of learner and teacher autonomy.

Table of contents

Part 1. Introduction 

Henri Holec
Introduction to this volume
Terry Lamb
Part 2. Concepts   

Teachers' and learners' perspectives on autonomy
Phil Benson   

Freedom - a prerequisite for learner autonomy? Classroom innovation and language teacher education
Turid Trebbi
The shifting dimensions of language learner autonomy
Ernesto Macaro   

Learner autonomy – teacher autonomy: Interrelating and the will to empower
William La Ganza
Part 3. Realities   

Teacher-learner autonomy: Programme goals and student-teacher constructs
Richard Smith and Sultan Erdoğan   

The subjective theories of student teachers: Implications for teacher education and research on learner autonomy
Hélène Martinez   

Learners talking: From problem to solution
Sara Cotterall and David Crabbe   

Roles learners believe they have in the development of their language learning – autonomy included?
Christine Siqueira Nicolaides   

Autonomous teachers, autonomous cognition: Developing personal theories through reflection in language teacher education
Penny Hacker and Gary Barkhuizen   

Part 4. Responses   

Teachers working together: What do we talk about when we talk about autonomy?
Jonathan Shaw   

Materials evaluation and teacher autonomy
Hayo Reinders and Marilyn Lewis
Teacher education towards teacher (and learner) autonomy: What can be learnt from teacher development practices?
Flávia Vieira, Isabel Barbosa, Madalena Paiva and Isabel Sandra Fernandes   

Multiple voices: Negotiating pathways towards teacher and learner autonomy
Barbara Sinclair
Part 5. Epilogue

Learner autonomy and teacher autonomy: Synthesising an agenda
Terry Lamb
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